BMW has announced the pricing and specifications of the third generation BMW X5. Three models will be available when the SUV goes on sale in mid-November this year, including the X5 xDrive30d, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M50d. Priced from $99,900 plus on-road costs, there is more standard equipment across the board.
According to Phil Horton, Managing Director of BMW Group Australia, competitors have every reason to be concerned about the arrival of the new BMW X5.
“The BMW X5 set the benchmark when it was first launched and has led the segment, both locally and internationally ever since. Today, sales are stronger than ever and we continue to outsell all other competitors,” Horton said.
“This lead will only increase when the new BMW X5 arrives in November. With new styling, future forward technology and a host of new features, the new BMW X5 is a more refined and sophisticated experience.”
The new X5 is sharper than its predecessor, with new creases and bold lines. The new kidney grille is also broader, flanked by a pair of new headlights. Two new character packages called ‘Design Pure Experience’ and ‘Design Pure Excellence’ bring the new BMW X5 in line with the design language with the rest of the latest BMW range.
The new BMW X5’s smart new styling has a functional edge, with newly introduced Air Curtains, designed to reduce drag, positioned at the outer edge front apron of the vehicle. These stylish new features direct the air around the wheel arches where it creates a curtain of air over the wheels before making its escape through Air Breathers in the side panels.
The new BMW X5 has received a considerable upgrade to its drivetrains for its November debut. The xDrive30d and xDrive50i variants of the new BMW X5 both generate more power than their predecessors and all models available at launch benefit from greater fuel economy and an improved 0-100 km/h sprint.
The new BMW X5 xDrive30d incorporates a range of improvements that is said to offer an even better balance between performance and fuel consumption. The 3.0-litre diesel engine, whose BMW TwinPower Turbo technology comprises VNT turbocharging and common rail direct injection, now develops maximum power of 190kW (+ 10kW), and maximum torque of 560 Newton metres (+ 20 Nm). Reaching 0-100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds (– 0.7 seconds), the average fuel economy in the EU test cycle has been improved by 1.2 litres per 100 kilometres– to 6.2L/100 km, with CO2 emissions of 162 g/km (– 33 g/km).
The BMW X5 xDrive50i now develops 10 per cent – or 30kW– more power (330kW) than its predecessor, combined with a 16 per cent reduction in average fuel consumption. The improvement is due to the new-generation V8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which, in addition to twin turbochargers and High Precision direct petrol injection, now also includes VALVETRONIC variable valve timing, resulting in improved response and efficiency. Maximum torque is now 650 Newton metres (+ 50 Nm), which is delivered between 2,000 and 4,500 rpm. The new BMW X5 xDrive50i completes the 0-100 km/h sprint in 5.0 seconds (– 0.5 seconds), and returns average fuel consumption of 10.5 litres per100 km – that’s a 2.0 litre per100 km improvement. CO2 emissions are down 48 grams per kilometre, at 244 g/km according to the EU test cycle.
At the top of the model line-up, the BMW X5 M50d also benefits from the latest in technical know-how. This M Performance Automobile retains the 3.0-litre straight-six unit featuring M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology with three-stage turbocharging. And although it has identical outputs to its predecessor of 280kW and 740 Nm, the 0–100 km/h time of the BMW X5 M50d has improved by 0.1 seconds to 5.3 seconds, and the average EU fuel consumption is down a significant 0.8 litres to just 6.7 litres per 100 km. The C02 emissions have similarly improved and are now at 177 g/km, demonstrating a reduction of 22 g/km versus the previous model.
All engines in the new BMW X5 line-up are combined as standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which includes the extremely fast-shifting eight-speed sports automatic version for the BMW X5 xDrive50i and BMW X5 M50d variants.
The entry level BMW X5 xDrive30d now includes bi-xenon headlights, LED front fog lights, high-beam assist, anti-dazzle interior and exterior mirrors, electric front seats, automatic tailgate, navigation system professional with voice control, internet functionality, HiFi loud speaker system, 19-inch alloy wheels (18” previously) and Design Pure Experience package.
Additionally, there is also head-up display, Driving Assistant Package which includes lane departure warning, forward collision warning as well as pedestrian warning with light city braking function, rear view camera and 360 degree surround view.
Stepping up to the BMW X5 xDrive50i brings 20-inch alloy wheels, Design Pure Excellence package, comfort access, front seat heating, Harman/kardon surround sound system, DAB+ digital radio, alarm system and standard metallic paint. Inside, one of the interior Design Pure packages is included as a no cost option.
It also gets ‘professional’ adaptive suspension package, adaptive LED headlights, LED front fog lights, surround view and head up display, along with Driving Assistant Plus which includes active cruise control with stop&go.
At the top of the range, BMW X5 M50d receives a similar uplift over its predecessor, with the ‘added value’ list including most of the same features as the aforementioned BMW X5 xDrive50i model. This includes adaptive LED head- and fog-lights, Driving Assistant Plus, metallic paint, Design Pure interior package at no additional cost, comfort access system and enhanced stereo system.
In addition to this list, the BMW X5 M50d is further improved with a new ‘dynamic’ adaptive suspension package which combines with M adaptive suspension to enhance the performance credentials and add refinement to the ride and handling of this performance model.
|Model||Price (excl. on-roads)|
|BMW X5 xDrive 30d||$99,900|
|BMW X5 xDrive 50i||$133,900|
|BMW X5 M50d||$147,900|